Microsoft claims NT Server sales doubled in the UK last year, and has lined up a host of friendly analyst reports to support its arguments.
A crop of research studies suggest that almost two-thirds of new Intranet sites deploy Windows NT Server, and users cite both the cost and time to install as major selling points.
IDC says that sales of NT Server worldwide grew by 85 per cent in 1996, and Computer Intelligence?s recent surveys of European and US users also indicate rapid adoption of NT.
Aaron Goldberg, executive vice president of Computer Intelligence, commented: ?It was the number one server operating system in 1996, outshipping all versions of Novell Netware and Unix in the Intel-based server market.?
UK users still lag the US in take-up of NT, but the indications are of strong, consistent growth, and Romtec analysts say Windows NT has been the best selling network operating system in the UK for six months. Total channel shipments take Microsoft to a powerful market position - 42.7 per cent (or 49.6 per cent of new sales).
John Ces, senior analyst with Romtec, adds: ?1996 has been an exceptional year for Windows NT Server. When it was first released, the majority of sales came through large corporate resellers, but the last year has seen far broader acceptance; and the market share numbers reflect this.?
Microsoft?s Mark Hassell, product manager for the Backoffice corporate software, claims: ?Growth is a direct result of customers' acceptance of Windows NT Server, with built-in Internet Information Server, as the platform for Intranets and Internet sites.?
A new study by Telecommunications Research Group (TRG) says that NT Server is now the leading platform for Intranets, accounting for 62 per cent of new UK Intranet server installations during the last quarter of 1996. Romtec agrees, suggesting that Windows NT Server is deployed extensively on new Web servers - ?approximately five times the number of new servers using its nearest Unix competitor?.
As for users, London Underground, Norwich Union, Dixons and Citibank are four of the prominent names rolled out by the vendor. Keith Martin-Smith, PC services director at Dixon?s Mastercare, said: ?The ease of use makes the cost of developing an Intranet very low. We have improved customer service and reduced costs simultaneously.?
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